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Controlled explosion carried out in South Shields

A bomb disposal team has gone into a property in South Shields and carried out a controlled explosion.

They are still examining other items in the flat and will dispose of them too.

Homes have been evacuated and the local authority is providing accommodation in the short term.

This currently this is being treated as a local incident and extra patrols remain in the area.

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Bomb disposal team in South Shields

There is a heavy police presence in the area Credit: ITV

A number of properties in South Shields have been evacuated and bomb disposal experts are at the scene, after suspicious items were found.

Police arrived at the scene at 4am and a cordon is currently in place at Lake Avenue.

Emergency services and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team will identify the items and dispose of them.

There is not believed to be any danger to the wider public.

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Witness appeal after South Tyneside assault

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in South Tyneside.

It happened in the early hours of August 8 in Mile End Road, near the taxi rank in South Shields.

A 30-year-old man suffered a serious head injury and is currently in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

A man has been charged with GBH. He was due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court yesterday and was remanded in custody.

Any witnesses to the incident should ring Northumbria Police on 101.

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